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Eastland Mall Looks To Local Businesses To Fill Vacancies

Adora Namigadde
Sign for Eastland Mall

Eastland Mall is making changes that administrators hope will usher in a new life within the next year.

The mall on Hamilton Road opened in 1968, and was a main attraction of Columbus' East Side well into the '90s.

Today, though, the mall has no department stores in its largest spaces and over 20 vacancies.

Mall administrator Kejuana Beaver-Williams says bringing in more local businesses will be key.

“People are wanting to give back and look at local sourced businesses more than the bigger names,” Beaver-Williams says.

The mall created a new website and social media accounts to try to attract vendors. It also plans to host free community events monthly to attract customers.

“We have one coming up on the 21st of December,” Beaver-Williams says. “It's Donuts with Santa.”

Beaver-Williams says the vacancies range from 500 square feet to 1,000 square feet of space.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.